July 2 Weather History

...1833... An unusually large New England tornado, one half to three quarters of a mile wide, went from Salem Pond to Norton Pond VT, and then into Canada. It "prostrated" nearly everything in its path.

...1843... An alligator reportedly fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston SC during a thunderstorm.

...1942... Portland, Oregon hit 107 degrees, which is the record high temperature for that city (this temperature was again hit, but not exceeded, on July 30, 1963).

...1987... Thunderstorms in Colorado produced hail as large as golf balls northwest of Kiowa, which accumulated to a depth of twelve inches. Hail two and a half inches in diameter was reported at Black Forest. Hail damaged 900 acres of crops south of the town of Wiggins.

...1988... Twenty-six cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The morning low of 47 degrees at Roanoke VA broke the July record set the previous day.

...1989... Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central U.S., with 158 reports of large hail and damaging winds through the day. Evening thunderstorms in northeastern Texas produced softball size hail which caused more than five million dollars damage at Allen, and wind gusts to 90 mph at Dallas, which injured eight persons and caused seven million dollars damage. Winnfield LA reported 29.52 inches of rain in six days, for a total of 62.50 inches for the first six months of the year. Midland TX reported an all-time record high of 112 degrees.

              An unusual storm near Rich Valley IN covered a twenty square foot area with eight inches of snow. The snow was surrounded by hail.

...1992... An usually cold air mass for the time of year was in place across northern New York and Vermont. Saranac Lake, New York dipped to 30 degrees. An observer in West Charleston, Vermont dropped to 30 degrees as well with widespread frost and a frozen garden hose. A total of 6 cooperative observer stations in Vermont reported freezing low temperatures with East Haven reporting the lowest with 29 degrees.

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